Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, To Octavia!
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our sound developed very naturally. We’re all songwriters with the same vision but each with our own unique sounds and inspirations, and it all blends together very easily to become To Octavia. We decided to take a greater amount of personal inspiration with this EP, drawing from our more obscure tastes to break outside of the metal ‘box’ and play with a few genres, such as pop, alternative and rock.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We find ourselves constantly surrounded by such inspirational musicians within the scene making such incredible music themselves. It’s hard to not be inspired by that. There is never a shortage of new music, and it makes you want to pick up your instrument and write something exciting and fresh. We’re always on the hunt for new and innovative sounds to inspire us to make equally as creative music.
What can punters expect from a To Octavia live show?
We are a pretty energetic bunch… so our shows are stacked with energy, chaos and pure enjoyment from us which we love to see radiate through the venue! There is no better feeling than playing music live and connecting with our audience so there’s always smiles all round! We aim to make our shows a welcoming atmosphere; a safe place to be your true self and express that without any judgement.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Chris Lalic is an endless fountain of good advice, and we will take that advice no matter where our journey takes us, but one thing he told us that resonated the most is to simply take a step back and appreciate where you are and where you’ve come from. It can be so easy to get caught up in planning for the future that you just forget to think about how much you've grown, and we are so proud of what we have achieved so far.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'MORE' by Mansionair. It is such an uplifting and inspiring feeling song, and it makes you feel like you’re flying. This song would put Eeyore in a good mood.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
It would have to be Silverchair’s 'Emotion Sickness'. We can’t even explain why and do it justice if you haven’t heard it. Just sit down somewhere quiet, put on some headphones and let that song take you on a journey.
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
A classic wrap up song... A screamer... 'Horses' by Darrel Braithwaite.
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We went to RedHook’s Melbourne show on their Bad Decisions tour with The Last Martyr and FANGZ. It was incredible! So much energy and excitement packed into that room. We miss shows.
Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you.
The Beautiful Monument are a big inspiration. They are unapologetically themselves and that is something that can be really hard to do sometimes. From a musical perspective, female instrumentalists are unfortunately quite underrepresented in our industry, so to see a group of women thriving, being proud of who they are and the art they are creating in an industry that can sometimes overlook this incredible achievement, is overwhelmingly inspiring!
What are your plans for the rest of 2021?
We are so excited to be playing lots of shows. We are playing in a few cities around Australia with Alpha Wolf and The Beautiful Monument in September and playing Halloween Hysteria in Brissy in October! We have also jumped straight into writing new music so we can’t wait to see how it unfolds! But mostly we are just going to enjoy finally having Somewhere in a World, Not of the Dream out and continuing to share it with the world.